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Rosen family portrait (left to right): Jack and Apple, Shayna and Hannah, the Great Pyr, Trish and Harris Rosen with Bambi their Yellow Lab, Joshua, Adam and Holly the Boxer. Photograph by Brian Pepper.


“The couple stayed with us several weeks every year as my guests at the Quality Inn, until they passed away almost 15 years ago,” said Harris. “I will never for- get how gracious they were to give me a ride back to Florida. And, I cannot express how kind the folks at the motor coach companies were when the found out that I had hitchhiked from Florida to New York.” Harris quickly forgot about ‘the


dumbest thing’ feelings, and focused on the work at hand. Two hotel rooms were converted into an apartment and became his permanent home for the next 16 years. Early on, to save money, he was the breakfast cook, the meat carver on the buffet at night, the gardener, general manager, food and beverage manager, director of sales, and the security officer (with a little help from his dog). “Rin Tin Tin was a very large


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German Shepherd who became my chief of security. I must say, he was the best security officer I have ever had,” said Harris. Rin Tin Tin lived to be 15 years old.


Today, Rosen Hotels & Resorts


includes a total of seven Central Florida properties, and each one is dog friendly. “We may have been the first hotel any- where to welcome pets 40 years ago. My thinking has always been, that if a family loves their dog enough to want to travel with him, then they will take good care of him and be responsible for him,” said Harris.


The office that Mr. Rosen occupies


today is the same space he called home for 16 years when he started out 40 years ago. Now filled with hundreds of family photos, alongside paintings and sketches of animals by Harris himself, it is an unas- suming space that is cozy, efficient and


occupied by two of Rosen’s own dogs who come to work with him every day. Apple is a Yorkipoo and Bambi is a Yellow Lab, who also happens to be a Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) dropout. CCI is a national non-profit organi-


zation with a campus in Orlando, that trains and provides highly-trained assis- tance dogs to people with disabilities. Dogs that don't make the grade, for one reason or another, are placed for adoption within the community. Bambi had an affinity for chasing squirrels, which is not a good trait to have as a service dog. So she became a highly regarded family pet in a household that includes Hollie, a Boxer and Hannah a Great Pyrenees. All of the Rosen children share the


same love of animals their father has always had. Shayna Rosen, the family’s youngest daughter, volunteers as a foster


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